Tuesday, December 15, 2009

softest hearts

How they lived: Makhul (may Allah have mercy on him) on softest hearts

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

It is reported that Makhul (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “The people with the softest hearts are those who sin the least.”

– Abu Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliya’, vol. 2, pg. 344

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Two women who stood up to Pharaoh

Two women who stood up to Pharaoh

“And Allah has set forth an example for those who believe: the wife of Fir’awn, when she said: ‘My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir’awn and his work, and save me from the wrong-doers.’” (Qur’an, 66:11)

Qatadah said while explaining the verse: “Fir’awn (Pharaoh) was the most tyrannical and hardened disbeliever on Earth, and by Allah, his disbelief did not affect his wife when she decided to obey her Lord.”

Abu ‘Uthman An-Nahdi reported that Sulayman said: “Fir’awn’s wife was tortured in the heat of the sun. When her torturers would take a break and walk away, the angels would shade her with their wings, and she would see her home in Paradise.”

Al-Qasim Bin Abi Bazzah said: “Fir’awn’s wife asked who won, and it was said to her: ‘Musa and Harun won.’ So, she would say: ‘I believe in the Lord of Musa and Harun.’ Fir’awn said to those around him: ‘Look for the largest rock you can find. If she sticks to what she said, throw it on her. If she retracts what she said, she will remain my wife.’ When they came to her, she looked towards the sky and saw her home in Paradise. So, she stuck to what she said and her soul was taken, and the rock was thrown on her lifeless body after her soul had been taken.’ “

The scholars say regarding her statement: “My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise” that she chose her neighbor (Allah) before mentioning where she wanted to live (a home in Paradise).

Abu Al-Aliyah said that Fir’awn’s wife turned to believer because of the wife of Fir’awn’s treasurer. What happened was that this woman was sitting and combing the hair of Fir’awn’s daughter one day, and the comb fell from her hand. So, she said: “May whoever disbelieves in Allah be destroyed!” Fir’awn’s daughter said to her: “You have a lord besides my father?” She replied: “The Lord of me, your father, and everything is Allah.” So, Fir’awn’s daughter hit her and went to tell her father.

Fir’awn sent for her, saying: “You worship a lord besides me?” She said: “Yes. Your Lord, mine, and of everything is Allah, and I worship Him.” So, Fir’awn tortured her by putting her on a stake and stretching out her arms and legs and setting loose snakes on her body. One day, when she was in such a state, he came to her and said: “Will you give up?” She replied: “Your Lord, mine and of everything is Allah.” He said to her: “I will kill your son if you do not do not retract what you said.” She said: “Do whatever you want,” and he killed her son, and she could hear his soul calm her down by saying to her: “Be happy, my mother! You have such and such reward with Allah!”

She remained patient until Fir’awn came to her another day, and she said the same to him as she had before. So, he killed another of her sons, and she could hear his soul calming her down as well.

Fir’awn’s wife heard all this, and this caused her to become a believer. Allah took away the soul of the wife of Fir’awn’s treasurer, and Fir’awn’s wife suddenly realized the reward, status, and honor that this woman had in Paradise.

So, she increased in her faith and certitude until Allah caused Fir’awn to discover her faith, and he said to his followers: “What do you know about Asyah Bint Muzahim?” They replied by praising her, and he said to them: “She worships someone besides me!” They said: “Kill her,” and he placed her on a device that stretched her arms and legs away from her body. So, Asyah called upon her Lord, saying: “My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise!” Fir’awn happened to walk by when she said this, and she smiled because she saw her home in Paradise, and Fir’awn said to those watching: “Aren’t you amazed at her insanity? She smiles while we are torturing her?!”

So, Allah took her soul away to Paradise, and may Allah be pleased with her.

– Tafsir Ibn Kathir (4/504-505)

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Recite and ascend

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The one who was devoted to the the Qur’an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be at the last Ayah you recite.’”

(Abu Dawood and Al-Tirmidhi)

Monday, October 26, 2009

How they lived: Ali Bin Abu Talib (Allah be pleased with him) said one who has no patience, has no faith

How they lived: Ali Bin Abu Talib (Allah be pleased with him) said one who has no patience, has no faith

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

IT is reported that Ali Bin Abu Talib (Allah be pleased with him) said, “Patience (Al-Sabr) to faith (Al-Iman) is like the head to the rest of the body: if the head is cut off, the body will rot. And one who has no patience, has no faith.”

– Al-Baihaqi, Shu’ab Al-Iman, vol. 12, pg. 195

Humbleness of Umar Bin Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him)

Humbleness of Umar Bin Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him)

AS was his custom, Umar Bin Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), the Leader of the Believers, once went out at night to look after the needs of the people and to make sure that everyone was safe. As he passed by an open area in Madina, he heard the moans of a woman coming out from a small and shabby house, at the door of which was a man seated.

Umar greeted him and asked him how he was. The man said that he was from the desert and had come seeking to reap some generosity from the Leader of the Believers.

Umar asked him about the woman and the moaning noises, and the man, not knowing that he was speaking to the Leader of the Believers, said, “Go away, may Allah have mercy on you, and do not ask about what does not concern you.”

However, Umar persisted in asking the same question, offering to help if he could. And so the man informed him, “Indeed she is my wife, who is about to give birth, yet there is no one here to help her.” Umar left the man, returned to his house in a hurry, entered, and said to his wife, Umm Kulthum (may Allah be pleased with her), “Will you take reward that Allah has brought to you?” She said, “And what is that goodness and reward, O Umar?”

As soon as he informed her, she stood and took all that she needed to help the woman deliver her baby and all that the newborn would need as well. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Believers took a pot and with it some (food) and grains.

He and his wife hurried off together until they reached the shabby house. While Umm Kulthum went in to help the pregnant woman, Umar remained outside with the husband, and cooked the food he brought with him.

From inside the house, Umm Kulthum called out, “O Leader of the Believers, give glad tidings to your companion that Allah has provided him with a young boy.”

The man was amazed to hear that it was the Leader of the Believers who was seated with him cooking the food; and the man’s wife inside was shocked to learn that it was the wife of the Caliph who came to meet her and help her in her shabby house.

Rewards of Prayers…


Rewards Of Salaat III

Hadhrat Abu Uthman (Radhiyallaho anho) says: "I was once sitting under a tree with Hadhrat Salmaan (Radhiyallaho anho). He caught hold of a dry branch of the tree and shook it till all its leaves fell off. He then said to me, "0, Abu Uthman! (Radhiyallaho anho) Will you not ask me why I am doing this?" "Do tell me," I entreated. He said, "The Apostle (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam) of Allah had done exactly like this before me, while I was with him under a tree.

He caught a dry branch of it and shook it, till all its leaves fell off". At this he said: O, Salmaan! (Radhiyallaho anho) will you not ask me why I am doing this?' I replied: 'Do tell me why you are doing this?' He remarked: "Verily when a Muslim takes wudhu properly and then observes his salaat five times a day, his sins fall off just as these leaves have fallen off. He then recited the following verse of the Holy Qur'an:

"Establish salaat at the two ends of the day, and at the approaches of the night. Verily, good deeds annul ill deeds. This is a reminder for the mindful. (XI: 114)"

The behaviour of Hadhrat Salmaan (Radhiyallaho anho) in the above Hadith displays the profound love which the Sahaabah had for the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam). They would often cherish the sweet memories of the time when the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) was living among them. They would, while quoting him, enact exactly what they had seen him doing at a particular moment.

It is really very difficult to cover all the traditions of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam), which deal with the importance of salaat and which declare forgiveness for those who guard it. As had already been said before, the theologians restrict this declaration of forgiveness to saghaa'ir (minor sins) only, but in the text of the Hadith there is no such restriction.

My learned father gave me two reasons for this. Firstly, it does not really become a Muslim to commit any of the kabaa'ir (major sins). If perchance any such sins are committed by him, he cannot rest in peace (due to inherent fear of Allah in him) until he washes them with his tears of repentance in crying before Allah. Secondly, the person who performs his salaat with sincerity and thoroughness is very likely to do istighfaar quite a number of times daily. Look for instance at the closing prayer of salaat itself:

    "O, My Lord! I have wronged my soul a great wrong, and none forgiveth sins save Thou alone. Then forgive me and have mercy on me. Verily, Thou are the Forgiving, the Merciful.

In the above Hadith, mention is made of wudhu to be done properly. We should, therefore, be sure of the regulations about wudhu and try to observe all of these. For example, take the case of miswaak. It is sunnat of wudhu, but is very often neglected. It is said in a Hadith that the salaat offered after doing miswaak is seventy times superior to the salaat without miswaak. In another Hadith, use of miswaak has been enjoined very strongly, and the following benefits are attributed to it

"It cleanses and sweetens the mouth and checks its bad smell."

"It is a cause of Allah's pleasure and a blow to the Devil."

"Allah and his angels love the person doing miswaak." "It strengthens the gums and improves eye-sight."

"It is a purge against bile and phlegm."

To crown all, "It is a sunnah i.e. the practice of our beloved Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)."

As many as seventy virtues of the miswaak have been enumerated by the theologians. It is said that a person in the habit of miswaak dies with the Kalimah on his lips. The rewards of taking wudhu properly are very many. It is mentioned in Ahaadith that the parts of body washed in wudhu shall glitter on the Day of Judgment and, by this (distinction), the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) will at once recognize his followers.


How they lived: Sufyan Bin Uyainah - - knowledge

How they lived: Sufyan Bin Uyainah - - knowledge

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

Sufyan Bin Uyainah said: “The first step in knowledge is to listen, then to be quiet and attentive, then to preserve it, then to put it into practice and then to spread it.”

– Abu Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliya’, vol. 3, pg. 283

Saturday, October 10, 2009

on jealousy

Prophet's sayings - on jealousy

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.”

Source: Abu Dawood

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

4 Poisons Of The Heart

1. Unnecessary Talking

Umar Ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "A person who talks too much is a person who often makes mistakes, and someone who often makes mistakes, often has wrong actions. The Fire has a priority over such a frequent sinner."
2. Unrestrained Glances

It has been related that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallum once said words to the effect: "The glance is a poisoned arrow of shaytan. Whoever lowers his gaze for Allah, He will bestow upon him a refreshing sweetness which he will find in his heart on the day that he meets Him."
3. Too Much Food

Al-Miqdam ibn Ma'd Yakrib said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah say: "The son of Adam fills no vessel more displeasing to Allah than his stomach. A few morsels should be enough for him to preserve his strength. If he must fill it, then he should allow a third for his food, a third for his drink and leave a third empty for easy breathing."
4. Keeping Bad Company

Allah's Apostle said: "The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is I like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith's bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof."
Extract from the book "Purification of the Soul"
By Ibn ul Qayyum al Jawziyya, Imam Abul Hameed al Ghazali and Ibn Rajab al Hanbali.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Easy but few people practice

Easy but few people practice

Abdullah Bin Amr Bin Al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There are two characteristics that whenever the Muslim maintains them will enter Jannah. These two traits are easy to possess. However, only a few people acquire them.

“Say Subhan Allah 10 times, Alhamduillah 10 times and Allahu Akbar 10 times at the end of each Salah. By practicing this deed you earn 150 rewards for your tongue and 1,500 for the scale (of good deeds).

“And before you go to sleep say Subhan Allah 33 times, Alhamdulilah 33 times and Allahu Akbar 34 times. By saying these words before you sleep you gain 100 good deeds for your tongue and 1,000 deeds for the scale.”

The companions (Allah be pleased with them) asked, “O Messenger (of Allah), how is that these deeds are easy, yet few people do them?”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “Right after a person finishes praying, Shaitan comes to him and reminds him of something that he has to do. Therefore this person gets up and leaves without saying these words.

“Further, when he lies down on his bed, Shaitan comes to him and causes him to fall asleep before he mentions these words.” Abdullah Bin Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say these words using his hand to count them.”(Abu Dawood, no. 5065, Al-Tirmidhi, no. 3410, An-Nisa’i, no. 926 and Ahmad, 2/205)

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

On praying at night in the month of Ramadan

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

"Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."

Source: Al-Bukhari (3/32, no. 226)

Got this in an email…

Thought you might enjoy this interesting Prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems Prayer still upsets some People. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: 
Almighty Allah, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek your direction and Guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we Have done. 
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. 
We have rewarded laziness and called it Welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it Choice. 
We have shot abortionists and called it Justifiable. 
We have neglected to discipline our Children and called it building self esteem...
We have abused power and called it Politics. 
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. 
We have polluted the air with profanity and Pornography and called it freedom of expression. 
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. 
Search us, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.  Amin! 
The response was immediate. A number of Legislators walked out during the prayer in Protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Mosque where the Immam was serving logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The Mosque is now receiving International requests for copies of this prayer From India , Africa and Korea .
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on His radio program, 'The Rest of the Story, ‘and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.. 
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our Desire so that we again can be called 'one nation Under God.' 
If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. 'If you don't stand for something, you will fall for everything.'
Think about this: If you forward this Prayer to everyone on your E-mail list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world.
How many people in your address book will   
Not receive this prayer...... .do you have the guts to pass it on?   

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A touchy reminder…

I woke up suddenly one night

and saw a strange light in my room  ....

The problem is that the lights are off

I saw the clock, it was 3.30 in the morning

Okay...so where is all this light coming from??


I turned around and saw something very strange..

My body was half way through the wall (??!)

I immediately pulled it out and sat down to see if i'm okay


This is strange...

I tried to push onto the wall, but MY ARM GOES THROUGH

I heard a sound

I turned to my brother's bed to see him sleeping

I was really scared of what was happening to me...so I tried to wake him up....but....he doesn't reply!!

I went to m y parent's bedroom..I tried to wake up my mother...and father...I just wanted somebody to react to me...

but nobody did.

I tried to wake my mother up again...she woke up this time...


she got up ... but didn't communicate to me

She was saying "In the name of Allah, most Merciful, most Gracious" (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم) again and again...

She woke my dad up saying 'get up, man, I want to check up on the kids.'

My dad replied in disinterest .. 'it's not time for this, let me sleep and inshAllah tomorrow i'll get to that'

But she was insisting..so he woke up.

I was THERE. I was screaming..'dad', 'mum' ... nobody was replying

I held mother's clothes to grab her attention..but she didn't recognise my existence

I followed her 'till she got to my bedroom

They got into the room and turned on the lights...
it wasn't making any differenc e to me anyway because there was a strong light there.

I then saw the strangest thing in my life...

my OWN BODY....on my bed.

I was trembling...how can there be two of me??...how can that person look so much like me??...and what is he doing on my bed????

I started hitting/slapping myself to wake up from this nightmare...
but it was too real to be a nightmare.

dad said 'Yalla, see the kids are sleeping. Let's go back to bed.'

but mother wasn't at all confident...she went to the person sleeping in my bed and said

'Khalid, wake up!! ... WAKE UP!!'

but he wouldn't reply.

She tried again and again....but no reply.

Then i turned to see my dad tearing...
Today witnesses the first time in my life that I have seen my dad's tears.

The place was shaking with the screaming

... My brother woke up..."What's going on??!"

In a very sad tone, with tears rolling down her cheek, mother replied 'your brother's dead! Khalid is DEAD!!'


I went to mother and said 'please mum...don't cry..I'm right here look at me!'

But nobody's replying to me..WHY??

I turned to Allah and asked Him to wake me up from the nightmare!

quickly following my dua was a voice saying (Quran):

" You were in negligence from this, so We uncovered the blinds and today your sight is (like iron) "

لقد كنت في غفلة من هذا فكشفنا عنك غطاءك فبصرك اليوم حديد

Suddenly two creatures held my arm..they weren't human!!

"Leave me ALONE! Who are you and what do you want from me??"

'We're your grave's guards'

I said 'but I'm not dead yet! let go of me!!'

I can still see, hear, touch, and speak..I'm not dead!

They replied with a smile : "You humans are fascinating! You think that by dying your life ends, while in fact life on Earth is a small dream compared to the Here after; a dream that ends at your death."

They started pulling me towards my grave...

On the way I saw people just like me, each had two guards like mine.

Some were smiling, others crying, others screaming.

I asked the guards 'why are they all doing that?'

They replied 'These people now know their fate...some were in ignorance so they--'

'--so they go to Hell??!' I interrupted

They said 'yes.'

and continued..

'and those laughing are going to Heaven'

I quickly replied: 'What about me..where will I go??'

They said 'you were at times a good Muslim, while other times not. One day you obey Allah, the next you disobe y Him. And you weren't clear with yourself and your fate will remain so: lost.'

I replied, shaking: 'SO AM I GOING TO HELL??'

They said: ' Allah's mercy is great, and the journey is long '

I turned to see my family carrying my dead body in a coffin..so i ran to them ..

I said: 'make dua for me'

but nobody replied..

I went to my brother and warned him .. 'be careful with what you do in this life... don't be a fool like myself!'

I was really hoping that he could hear me...

The two angels (guards) tied up my soul on top of my body ..

I saw my relatives pouring sand over me ..


at that moment I was hoping that I would be in their place...

that I can turn to Allah and do as much as He wants from me...
that I would ask for forgiveness and once and for all repent my sins that angered Him...< BR>
but unfortunately I couldn't.

I shouted ' People, don't let this life tempt you! Wake up to the truth... one day you will DIE, and you never know when..or how. '

I hoped for somebody to hear me....nobody there did

but YOU heard me....

save yourself.

Smile to others, forgive them when you have the power to punish them. Allah forgives those that forgive others. Do your prayers regularly with an open heart. Let Allah guide your life, not Satan. Read the Quran regularly and let the Prophet (p.b.u.h) be your role model in life.

Work in this timed life for your salvation in an eternal one.

And ... make dua for me because I'm not perfect. And I point the above to myself just as much as I do to my friends.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Request for duas…

This is a clean request for only some of your prayers-nothing else for a Cancer patient. May be someone's prayer will be granted to by the Almighty.If you think you do not have time - pl feel free to skip reading this Subject: Important Request Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 08:36:04 +0600
  A message & request from Zubair Mahmood
   Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakatahu My daughter Sana , 26 years old mother of two (1 ½ year old son and 3 ½ month daughter) is battling for life at Aga Khan University Hospital From last 2 ½ months. She is suffering from 4th stage cancer.  The doctors have given us all hopes that she will recover Inshallah but Then I have trust in ALLAH and in the power of dua. Therefore as a helpless father, I beg all of you to pray for my daughter, please include her as a part of each and every dua of yours. Please pray to ALLAH that He should give her body the strength to respond to the Medication, that He should somehow miraculously heal her of this disease and InshaAllah grant her a healthy and long life (AMEEN) Please, please pass this message on to as many brothers and sisters as you can. If even ten percent of you would remember to pray for my daughter then  it would mean a lot for us. Your duas and Allah's mercy is our ONLY hope. Jazaakalah
ALLAH aap sab ko apni amaan mein rakhay.. Please Please apni Duaoo'n mein Yaad Rakhiyiaga Allah's Messenger (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) said, "Pass on knowledge from me even if it is only one verse" (Sahih Bukhari)
Best wishes and regards. Zubair Mahmood. Contact Nos. + 92 321 842 9260 + 967 733 215 818

Prophet's sayings- on Charity

Prophet's sayings- on Charity

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

"Give in charity because there will come a time on the people when a person will go out with his alms from place to place but will not find anybody to accept it."

Source: Al-Bukhari (9/88, no. 236)

on relations…

Prophet's sayings- on Relations

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

"It is not permissible for a Muslim to have estranged relations with his brother beyond three days."

Source: Sahih Muslim (book 32, no. 6212)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The man behind the armor: Salah-ad-Din Al-Ayyubi


HE defied the odds in an era of darkness. He set aside the criticism of those who called him crazy for wanting to do the seemingly impossible: uniting the Ummah, standing up to the Crusaders, and returning honor where it belonged. He was respected by both his friends and foes, and is perhaps one of the few men whose name evokes feelings of honor and pride in the minds of so many people in every era and place.

He had the Crusaders chasing their tails in the battles of Alexandria, Hittin, Acre, Tyre, Beirut, Nablus, Haifa, Tiberius, Gaza, ‘Asqalan, Jerusalem, and dozens of other cities and towns across Sham and North Africa. He is popularly known as Salah-ad-Din the warrior.

But, who was the man behind the armor? How was he as a person, and as a Muslim? What personality does it take to carry out such heroic feats and achieve such a status?

In Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah (13/5-6), Ibn Kathir said that at the time of his death, Salah-ad-Din hardly had any money in his possession, and this was because:

“…of the immense amount of gifts and charity and kindness that he used to show the leaders and ministers under his command, and even to his enemies.

“He was very simple in his clothing, food, drink, and transportation. He would only wear cotton, linen, and wool. It is not known that he ever approached anything forbidden or discouraged, especially after Allah blessed him with his kingdom. Rather, his greatest concern and goal was to aid Islam.”

Ibn Kathir continued:

“He was very strict in praying on time in the jama’ah (congregation). It is said that he never missed a single prayer in jama’ah for a great part of his life, even during the illness that killed him. The imam would enter and lead him in prayer, and he would struggle to get up and pray despite his weakness.”

“He loved to hear the recitation of the Qur’an and the reading of hadith and knowledge. He was constant and habitual in listening to ahadith being read to him, to the point that he would hear a section read to him while he was standing between the ranks of soldiers!”

Ibn Kathir also mentioned: “He had a soft heart, and was easily swayed to tears when he would hear ahadith.

“And Salah-ad-Din was from the bravest of people, and the strongest of them in body and heart despite the illnesses and sickness his body suffered from. This was most evident during the Siege of Acre, where despite the massive numbers of the enemy, he only increased in power and bravery.”

He also said:

“He was generous, well-rounded, always laughing and smiling. He would never slack off in any good that he did. He was extremely patient when doing good and worshipping Allah.”

In ‘Siyar A’lam An-Nubala” (15/436), it’s mentioned that Al-Muwaffaq Abdul Latif said:

“I went to Salah-ad-Din while he was in Jerusalem, and I saw a king who filled eyes with amazement and hearts with love, whether they were near or far. The first night I spent with him, I found his gatherings filled with scholars engaged in knowledge. He would listen intently and participate in their discussions. He would learn how to build walls and dig trenches, and he would then do this himself, carrying the rocks on his own shoulders.”

Al-’Imad said in ‘As-Siyar’ (15/440):

“He would only wear what was permissible to wear, such as linen and cotton. His gatherings were free of vain talk, and they were only attended by the most virtuous of people. He loved to hear ahadith being read with their chains of narration. He was forebearing, honest, pious, pure, and trustworthy. He would contain himself and not become angry. He would never turn back someone in need or embarrass someone who spoke in front of him. He was extremely kind and charitable and I never saw him praying except in jama’ah.”

Adh-Dhahabi said about his death: “And I never saw a king whose death people were sad for except him. This is because he was loved by everyone: he was loved by the righteous and the wicked, the Muslim and the Kafir.” This was Salah-ad-Din Al-Ayyubi. This was the man behind the armor. This was his lifestyle and character, and it was nothing other than this that served as the platform for the amazing feats across the lands that we remember him for today.

Such lifestyle and character is something you will find common between all legends of Islam, whether scholars, leaders or martyrs. You always find them paying great attention to the daily recitation of the Qur’an, studying of the Shariah, giving lots of charity, avoiding useless talk, and living simple lives free of luxury and excessive comfort. This is really the way to success. There is no way you can dream of defending the Shariah if you don’t even have the willpower to implement it in your daily life.

What is interesting is Salah-ad-Din wasn’t always like this. Adh-Dhahabi mentions in ‘As-Siyar’ (15/434 and 436):

“Since his time as a ruler, he abandoned alcohol and worldly pleasures.”

“He used to drink alcohol, and then repented from it.”

That’s right. Salah-ad-Din Al-Ayyubi – this righteous man who singlehandedly changed the course of history – loved to drink and indulge in worldly pleasures. But he repented and transformed his life. This small fact teaches us a mighty lesson: not everyone is born in a life of righteousness. The great people we love and admire were not born with virtue. It also gives us hope that no matter how insignificant or lost we think we are, we can become someone truly great Insha Allah.

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on Meals earns by working with owns hands

Prophet's sayings- on Meals earns by working with owns hands

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

"Nobody has ever eaten a better meal than what one earns by working with one’s own hands. The Prophet of Allah, David, used to eat from the earnings of his manual labor."

Source: Al-Bukhari (3/34, no. 286)

on Mercy and Respect

Prophet's sayings- on Mercy and Respect

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever fails to show mercy to our children and honor to our elders is not one of us.”

Source: (Al-Tirmidhi, no. 1919)

Beware of suspicion

Prophet's sayings- Beware of suspicion

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales; and do not look for the others’ faults and do not spy, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert (cut your relation with) one another, and do not hate one another; and O Allah’s worshipers! Be brothers (as Allah has ordered you!”)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

10 gems for a good life

1. Wake up in the last third of the night to beg forgiveness from Allah.

“...and those who pray and beg Allah’s Pardon in the last hours of the night.” (Qur’an, 3:17)

2. At least once in a while, seclude yourself from people in order to contemplate.

“Those who remember Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth...” (Qur’an, 3:191)

3. Stay in the company of the righteous.

“And keep yourself patiently with those who call on their Lord...” (Qur’an, 18:28)

4. Remember Allah often.

“Remember Allah with much remembrance.” (Qur’an, 33:41)

5. Pray two units of prayer with sincerity and devotion.?

“Those who offer their prayer with all solemnity and full submissiveness.”(Qur’an, 23:2)

6. Recite the Qur’an with understanding and reflection.

“Do they not then consider the Qur’an carefully?” (Qur ‘an, 4:82)

7. Fast on a hot, dry day.

“He abandons his food, drink, and desire — all for Me.”

8. Give charity secretly.

“Until the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand has spent.”

9. Provide relief and aid to the afflicted Muslim.

“Whoever gives relief to a Muslim from one of the vicissitudes of this life, Allah will relieve him from a calamity that is from doing the calamities of the Day of Judgment.”

10. Be as abstemious and abstinent as possible in this fleeting world.?

“The Hereafter is better and more lasting.” (Qur’an 87: 17)

– Excerpt from ‘Don’t Be Sad, IIPH

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Sunday, July 12, 2009


Guidance from The Prophet (saws)

Hadrat Anas ibn Malik (r.a.) said: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) saying, "Allah, the Exalted, has Said: 'O son of Adam! I shall go on forgiving you so long as you pray to Me and aspire for My forgiveness, whatever may be your sins. O son of Adam! I do not care even if your sins should pile up to the sky and should you beg pardon of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam! If you come to Me with an earthful of sins and meet Me, not associating anything with Me in worship, I will certainly grant you as much pardon as will fill the earth.'''
Related by At-Tirmidhi.

Regardless of the quality or the quantity of the sins one might have committed in one’s past, if one turns to Allah Subhanah and seeks sincere forgiveness; it is expected that they will find their Lord Forgiving and Merciful.  Regardless of whether the sins one might have accumulated are major or minor, regardless of whether the sins one might have accumulated are so much that if piled up they would reach the heavens…..if one turns in ‘taubah’ unto their Lord and seeks sincere forgiveness before they meet with their appointment of death, The Lord Most Merciful will envelop such a repentant believer in His Forgiveness and Mercy. 
If one were to die in a state whereby one did not seek repentance for their sins, and the sins were so many that they would fill the whole earth….provided one did not associate anything in worship with the Lord Most Majestic Most High (ie. did not commit the abomination of ‘shirk’), their Lord Most Gracious will grant them with as much pardon as will fill the whole earth!  Such is the magnitude of the vastness of the Lord Most Merciful Who Created!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Winning gold through intentions

Winning gold through intentions

1. Intention before the act: Use the golden touch

Daily acts can be converted into acts of worship by making our intentions pure for the sake of Allah’s pleasure. This is Ikhlas (doing our deeds sincerely for the sake of Allah).

2. Intention during the act: Spend it wisely

This means accomplishing our acts of worship in the right manner, i.e. as per the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Scholars say the above two are conditions for any act of worship to be valid, i.e. Ikhlas and having been done according to Sunnah.

3. Intention after the act: Preserve the outcome

After our deeds, we must hope for and have and anticipation of the reward from Allah (the Most High) when we meet Him, Insha Allah.

“O you who believe! Do not render in vain your Sadaqah (charity) by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen of men, and he does not believe in Allah, nor in the Last Day. His likeness is the likeness of a smooth rock on which is a little dust; on it falls heavy rain which leaves it bare. They are not able to do anything with what they have earned. And Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.” (Qur’an, 2:264)

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Prophet's sayings- on waiting for prayer


ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“As long as any one of you is waiting for the prayer, he is considered to be praying actually, and the angels say, ‘O Allah! Be merciful to him and forgive him’, (and go on saying so) unless he leaves his place of praying or passes wind (i.e. breaks his ablution).”

Source: Al-Bukhari (4/54, no. 452)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Noble Teachings of the Qur'an

The Qur'an offers freedom of faith (10:108, 6:104, 10:99, 39:41, 11:121, 73:19, 43:88-89, 2:272, 76:29, 18:29, 42:48, 76:2-3, 3:20, 88:21-22, 16:82-83, etc.), freedom of religion (2:256, 109:6, 22:67-69, 42:15, 10:41, 2:139, 42:6, etc.), and freedom of freethinking (15:3, 17:84, 6:110, 10:11, 11:121, 52:45, etc.) without any temporal punishment.

The Qur'an teaches to believe in all the previous Prophets of God as they represent the chain of evolution of the Prophethood (2:1-4, 3:84, 2:285, 4:152, 37:37, etc.).

The Qur'an teaches that Islam is for everyone (2:62, 22:17, 21:107, 2:111-112, 5:69, 34:28, 103:1-3, 22:67, 10:47, 35:24, 16:36, 68:52, 49:13, 4:1, 2:213, 10:19, 17:70, etc.).

The Qur'an teaches love, mercy, kindness, and forgiveness (1:1-2, 85:14, 21:107, 60:7, 4:17, 7:199, 39:53, 16:119, 3:159, 15:85, 16:119, 19:96, 2:160, 2:163, 4:27-28, etc.).

The Qur'an is the only non-Jewish scripture in the world where Jews have been honored and protected in so many verses (2:40, 2:47-52, 2:57-58, 5:20, 5:44, 10:47, 10:90-93, 14:6, 17:2-3, 20:47-52, 20:77-80, 44:30-32, 45:16, etc.), good Jews have been praised and they have also been offered salvation if they follow the true teachings of Moses (2:62, 2:121-122, 3:113-115, 3:199, 5:12, 5:65-66, 5:69, 29:46, etc.).

The Qur'an is the only non-Christian scripture in the world where Jesus and Mary have been honored with very high respect (3:42-55, 5:44-46, 5:110, 43:59, Chapter 19 on Mary, etc.), good Christians have been praised and they have also been offered salvation if they follow the true teachings of Jesus (2:62, 2:121-122, 3:113-115, 3:199, 5:65-66, 5:69, 5:82, 29:46, etc.).

Unlike Bible that prescribes death penalty for idolatry and polytheism (Deuteronomy 17:3-5, 13:6-16; 2 Chronicles 15:13; Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 21:8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Exodus 20:4-5; etc.), the Qur'an doesn't have any temporal punishment for the same (22:17, 6:107-8, 22:67-69, 17:84, 49:11).

The Qur'an teaches that the pre-Qur'anic people will be judged according to their own deeds and actions (2:134, 10:47, 35:24, 16:36, 40:78, 4:164, 17:15, 62:5, 5:44, 20:133-4, etc.).

The Qur'an is the only religious Book that strongly condemns female infanticide (16:58-59, 81:8-9, 6:137, 6:140, 6:151, 17:31).

The Qur'an teaches in various ways to free the slaves that come into possession as a result of war (90:12-13, 9:60, 5:89, 2:177, 4:3, 4:25, 4:92, 24:33, 58:3, 8:67, 47:4, etc.).

The Qur'an strongly condemns terrorism and oppression (4:75, 22:39-40, 9:13-14, 42:39-43, 38:28, 2:190-193).

The Qur'an strongly condemns unjust killing and suicide (5:32, 2:195, 4:29-30, 4:91-93, 17:31, 17:33, 6:151, 25:68, 3:21, etc.).

The Qur'an teaches self-defense and tolerance (60:7-9, 2:190-3, 6:107-8, 6:68, 49:11, 39:3, 16:126-128, 73:10, 19:46-47, etc.).

The Qur'an advises Muslims not to take terrorists, intolerants, slanderers, and haters as friends and protectors (5:51, 3:28, 5:57-61, 60:7-9, 3:118, etc.).

The Qur'an strongly condemns priesthood and religious peddlers (2:41, 2:79, 5:44, 3:187, 9:9, 9:31, 9:34, 2:174, 12:104, etc.).

The Qur'an strongly forbids eating up others' property (2:188, 4:2, 4:10, 4:161, etc.).

The Qur'an strongly condemns defrauders (83:1-4, 55:7-9, 17:35, 6:152, etc.).

The Qur'an teaches not to follow feeble oath-monger, slanderer, greedy, and hinderer of the good (68:10-13, 49:11-12).

The Qur'an protects religious temples (22:40).

The Qur'an teaches to follow the middle and straight path (17:29, 25:67, 2:143, 23:62, 4:171, 17:9, 2:286).

The Qur'an gives equal status and rights to men and women (4:1, 4:7, 4:124, 3:195, 16:97, 33:35, 49:13, etc.).

The Qur'an is probably the only religious Book where women have the right to inherit (4:7).

The Qur'an gives rights and dignity to orphans, needy, and widows (2:177, 2:115, 2:220, 2:240-241, 4:2, 4:8, 4:10, 4:36, 9:60, 17:26, 17:34, 93:9-10, 89:17-18, 6:152, 107:1-3, etc.).

The Qur'an encourages men to give dower to women as free gift whom they marry (4:4).

The Qur'an teaches to give charity to poor and needy (2:43, 2:177, 2:277, etc.).

The Qur'an protects women's dignity from wicked men (24:4, 24:23).

The Qur'an teaches that widow can re-marry if she wishes (2:234-240).

The Qur'an teaches that woman can get divorce if she wishes (2:228-232).

The Qur'an teaches that divorced woman can re-marry if she wishes (2:229, 2:232).

The Qur'an teaches to be kind, helpful, and respectful to your parents (29:8, 17:23, 46:15, 19:14, 6:151, 4:36, 2:215, 2:83, 71:28, etc.).

The Qur'an forbids marrying one's mother, daughters, sisters, and many other close relatives (4:22-23).

The Qur'an encourages both men and women to be modest and chaste (7:26-28, 24:30-31, 33:59, 2:268, 17:32, etc.).

The Qur'an prescribes hundred stripes as a symbol of punishment for adultery and fornication to keep the society healthy (24:2).

The Qur'an strongly discourages intoxicants and gambling (5:90-91).

The Qur'an forbids eating dead animals, ferocious animals, blood, and pork (16:115).

The Qur'an condemns bad magic that may harm gullible people (2:102).

The Qur'an teaches to strive for good works (2:148).

The Qur'an teaches not to lie and not to mix up truth with falsehood (45:7, 2:42, 52:11-12, 3:94, 3:71, 39:3, etc.).

The Qur'an encourages people for seeking knowledge and asking question (17:36, 39:9, 47:24, 25:33, 38:29, 17:85, 21:7, 2:215-220, etc.).

The Qur'an teaches not to ask those types of questions, which may cause you pain and trouble (5:101). For example, who is your real father?

The Qur'an teaches not to follow conjecture (10:36, 17:36, 49:12).

The Qur'an teaches, contrary to the superstitious belief of the then Arabs, that adopted son and biological son are not the same (33:4-5).

The Qur'an teaches that majority may not be granted (6:116).

The Qur'an encourages traveling (29:20, 22:46, 6:11, 40:21, 47:10, 30:42, 3:137, etc.).

The Qur'an offers practical Golden Rule that can be followed (2:44, 41:34, 11:88, 60:7-9, 61:2-3, 8:61; Sahih Bukhari 8:73:26, 1:2:12).

The Qur'an teaches to invite people to the Way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and to reason with them in ways that are best and most gracious (16:125).

The Qur'an teaches to argue with the People of the Book in the best manner (29:46).

The Qur'an teaches that God begets not, nor is He begotten as begetting is an un-Godly act (112:3, 4:171, 19:35, 10:68, 19:88-92, 5:75, etc.).

Both the Qur'an and Bible teach that Jesus was a human (Acts 2:22; Qur'an 5:75, 25:20) and a Prophet of God (Matthew 21:11, Luke 24:19; Qur'an 2:87).

The Qur'an teaches not to believe in Trinity as Jesus himself never preached this kind of irrational doctrine (Mark 12:29; Qur'an 4:171, 5:73).

The Qur'an teaches not to believe in Original Sin as Jesus himself never preached this kind of inhumane doctrine (Ezekiel 18:20; Qur'an 17:15, 6:164, 53:38).

The Qur'an invites people from the depth of Darkness into Light (14:1, 57:9).

The Qur'an teaches not to practice monasticism as it is an impractical way of life (57:27).

The Qur'an teaches to have Imaan (conviction) in The One and Only Unseen God (2:3, 112:1-4, 67:12, 36:11, 42:51, etc.).

The Qur'an offers falsification test and challenge for the skeptics to falsify its Divine Claim (4:82, 17:88, 2:23-24, 10:37, etc.).

The Qur'an very emphatically and uniquely claims to be the Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds in so many verses (4:82, 17:88, 2:23-24, 10:37, 32:2, 26:192-4, 16:102, 36:5, 42:51-53, 41:52-53, 56:77-82, 69:40-51, 25:4-6, etc.).

The Qur'an offers various logics for the unbelievers of Creator (22:5, 75:36-40, 22:73, 23:91, 2:28, 17:99, 19:66-67, 21:22, 29:46, 6:99, etc.).

The Qur'an ensures absolute justice in this world and in the hereafter (4:135, 5:8, 4:58, 57:25, 39:69-70, 40:17, 21:47, 36:54, 2:281, 7:29, 16:111, 17:13-15, 20:134-135, 4:123, etc.).

The Qur'an teaches that this temporal world is a test for the hereafter (18:7, 67:2, 2:155, 2:214, 29:2-3), and each and every individual will be judged perfectly according to his/her own deeds and actions (36:54, 4:85, 40:17, 21:47, 36:54, 2:281, 7:29, 16:111, 17:13-15, 20:134-135, 42:24, 4:123).

The Qur'an promises eternal peace and salvation in the hereafter (85:11, 4:122, 14:23, 19:60-61, 32:19, 2:25, 2:112, 16:97, 4:124, etc.).

Who is more shy?


It is well known that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was extremely resolute in defending Islam and the Muslim community. He would not accept any compromise in matters of faith and would stand firm in resisting any injustice that may be aimed at even the weaker elements in the community. In fact he would defend the rights of non-Muslim people, provided that they did not participate in war against Islam and Muslims. Yet with all this firmness and courage, the Prophet was a very shy person when it came to his own personal matters or when the discussion involved some intimate matters such as body discharges.

Ayesha reports: “A woman asked the Prophet about the form of taking a bath after she has finished her period. ‘How do I conduct my bath,’ she said. He replied: ‘Take a piece of cotton, perfumed with musk, and use it to purify yourself.’ She asked: ‘How do I purify myself with it?’ He said: ‘Well, use it and purify yourself.’ She said: ‘How?’ He said: ‘All glory be to God! Do purify yourself.’ I pulled her toward me and said to her: ‘Use it to remove any traces of blood.’” (Related by Al-Bukhari).

Muslims used to ask the Prophet about every little detail. They realized that Islam meant much more than a belief or a conviction that certain principles are true. It is a complete way of life, which required them to conduct all their life affairs in accordance with its principles. Purification is an essential part of Islamic worship. A Muslim always keeps himself clean, washing off all impurity. Muslims are required to perform ablutions before they stand up in prayer. Likewise, they are required to wash all their bodies and their heads when they are in the state of ceremonial impurity. The Prophet told them this and they knew what is required. Hence, the woman’s question was not seeking this elementary information. She was asking for more intimate information concerning the cleanliness of the place where menses is discharged.

The Prophet understood what she meant. He, however, was too shy to speak to a woman explicitly about this. He had already told women how to take a purification bath. As he explained, a woman who has finished her period should bring enough water and whatever else she needs for cleanliness, washing her private parts. Then she performs the ordinary ablutions normally needed for prayer. Then she pours some water over her head and rubs her scalp, pushing her fingers through her hair. Then she pours water over all her body. After that, she uses a piece of cotton or wool and wet it with some perfume or musk and use it for purification. As the woman in this case, Asma bint Shakal, felt that purification meant ablution, in its two forms, she wondered how could she do the ablution with a piece of cotton or wool. The Prophet tried his best to make her understand what was beyond his words, but she was persistent, asking for more details. Here Ayesha realized the difficulty of the situation, pulled the woman aside and explained to her what the Prophet meant.

There is nothing embarrassing in all this. We only note that the Prophet was too shy to discuss such matters with a woman, even in the presence of his wife. However, Ayesha praised the woman and her people generally. She said: “Blessed be the Ansari women. Shyness has not stopped them from seeking better knowledge of their religion.”

- By Adil Salahi

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How they lived: Ali Bin Abu Talib (RA) sayings

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

IT is reported that Ali Bin Abu Talib (Allah be pleased with him) said, “The servant (of Allah) should not fear except his sins, and should not hope except in his Lord. The ignorant should not be ashamed to ask, and the knowledgeable should not be ashamed to (admit by) saying ‘Allah knows best’ if he does not know something.”

– Al-Baihaqi, Shu’ab Al-Iman, vol. 12, pg. 195.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A quick change of fortunes- Juwayriyyah (Barrah bint Al-Harith) - The wife of the Prophet (pbuh)

A quick change of fortunes- Juwayriyyah (Barrah bint Al-Harith) - The wife of the Prophet (pbuh)

It is universally agreed by Muslim historians that no woman ever brought her own people greater blessings than Juwayriyyah, the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Her original name was Barrah bint Al-Harith, and we spoke last week of her falling into captivity, after her father, the chief of the Al-Mustalaq tribe, had planned to raid Madinah, but the Prophet’s quick action foiled his plans and led to a few of his people being killed, including Juwayriyyah’s own husband, and a large number of them taken captive, facing a life of slavery.

When she agreed terms with her master, Thabit ibn Qays, to buy her own freedom, she went to speak to the Prophet. Ayesha reported that as she opened the door, she saw a young, very attractive woman of about 20. “No one would see her without being fascinated by her beauty.” She was apprehensive and shy, but that could only make her look prettier.

Addressing the Prophet, she said: “Messenger of God! I am the daughter of Al-Harith ibn Abi Dirar, the chief of his people. I have come into such misfortune as you are certainly aware of. My lot fell to Thabit ibn Qays and I agreed with him terms to buy my freedom. I am here to appeal for your kind help.” Her face reflected her hearty appeal. She was aware that this was the only man who could easily bring about a speedy change of her situation. Hence, she waited for the answer, letting her eyes continue the appeal.

The Prophet reflected a little, recognizing her situation. He then said to her: “Would you consider a better offer?” All she had hoped for was a portion of the price she needed to pay for her freedom, but she was told that she could have a better alternative. What could that be? Would the Prophet give her most of the price? What else could he be thinking of? Her voice betrayed her eagerness to know as she said: “What offer, Messenger of God?” He said: “I will pay whatever you agreed on, and you be my wife.”

Could that be true? Could her situation be immediately transferred from that of a captive of war needing to beg help to buy her freedom to that of a wife of God’s messenger and the head of the Muslim state? She would then be in a much better position than the one she had among her own people, as the daughter of her tribe’s chief and the wife of one of its best young men. Hence, she immediately accepted.

Within a few days, the wedding took place. According to some reports, her father arrived in Madinah shortly before it was due to take place, and was present at the marriage. He started his journey with the aim of securing his daughter from captivity. By the time he arrived in Madinah, his daughter had accepted the Prophet’s offer and preparations for her marriage to him were under way. The Prophet changed her name, as he did with Umm Salamah’s daughter and Zaynab bint Jahsh, each of whom was also called Barrah. Barrah means “devout and dutiful.” He said: “You do not know who of you is truly devout and dutiful. So, do not make such a claim.” He called his new wife Juwayriyyah, which means “little young woman.”

- By Adil Salahi

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“The prayer in congregation is 27 times superior to the prayer offered by the person alone."

Source: Al-Bukhari (1/11, no. 618)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

How they lived: Shurayh Al-Qadi, when affected with calamity

How they lived: Shurayh Al-Qadi, when affected with calamity

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

IT is reported that Shurayh said, “If I am afflicted with a calamity, I praise Allah for it four times:

§ I praise Him because it wasn’t worse than it was,

§ I praise Him when He gives me the patience to bear it,

§ I praise Him for enabling me to say Al-Istirja’ (‘To Allah we belong and to him we will return’; see 2:154-156) in hope of a great reward, and

§ I praise Him for not making it a calamity in my religion.”

– Al-Dhahabi, Siyar A’lam Al-Nubala`, in his biography of Shurayh Al-Qadi.

On Seeking Knowledge…

Prophet's sayings- on Seeking knowledge

ALLAH’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

“Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.”

Source: (Ibn Majah, no. 224)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hadith on death…

‘’None of you should wish for death because of some harm that has come to him. If he has such a wish, he should say, ‘O Allah, give me life if You know that life is better for me. And give me death if You that death is better is better for me.’” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Guidance for humanity

(This is) a Book which We have revealed to you, (O Muhammad, peace be upon him), that you might bring mankind out of darknesses into the light by their Lord’s Leave – to the path of the All-Mighty, the Owner of all praise.

(Qur’an, 14:1)

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

How they lived: Ali Bin Hussain's Charities

From the lives of our pious predecessors:

IT is reported that there used to be poor people in Madina who didn’t know where they were getting their food from. When Ali Bin Hussain passed away, they started missing what they used to be given at night.

Shaybah Bin Nu’amah narrates that when Ali Bin Hussain died they found out that he used to provide for 100 (poor) families.

Abu Hamzah Al-Thumali narrates that Ali Bin Husayn used to carry bread on his back in the darkness of the night and follow the poor people (to give it to them). He used to say, “Charity in the darkness, of the night extinguishes the Lords anger.”

– Al-Dhahabi, Siyar A’lam Al-Nubala’

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Merits of reciting the greatest verse of the Qur’an

Merits of reciting the greatest verse of the Qur’an

AYAT-ul-Kursi (Qur’an, 2:255) is the most magnificent verse of the Qur’an.

Ubayy Bin Ka’b says once the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked me, “O Abu Mundhir, do you know which verse of the Qur’an with you is the most magnificent?” I submitted: “Allah-o-la-illaaha illa huwal-hayyul Qaiyum…” (2:255).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) thumped my chest as a gesture of appreciation and said: “Congratulations on your knowledge (of the Qur’an), O Abu Mundhir!” (Sahih Muslim)

Abu Hurairah narrates:

Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) appointed me to guard the Sadqa Fitr (alms given during Ramadan before Eid). One night an intruder came and started collecting the food. I caught hold of him and said: “I will produce you before the Prophet (peace be upon him)” but the intruder pleaded: “I am a poor man and have number of children to support. I am badly in need of help and succor.” On hearing this woeful tale I let him go.

In the morning the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked me: “Abu Hurairah what happened to your thief last night?” I answered, “O Messenger of Allah! He pleaded his dire necessity and complained about his large family. As such I felt pity for him and let him go.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) remarked: “He has lied, he will come back again.”

I was sure he would come again as the Prophet (peace be upon him) had said, and therefore I kept watch and waited for him. The thief did come again and started gathering food. I caught him again and said that I would definitely take him to the Prophet (peace be upon him).

On this he requested that he was a needy person and had a large family to support and that he may be let off and promised that he would not come back. I felt pity for him once more and let him go.

Next morning the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked: “Abu Hurairah what about your prisoner of last night? I answered: “O Messenger of Allah, he pleaded his dire necessity and the fact that he had a large family, and therefore I felt pity for him and let him go.” He (peace be upon him) said: “He told you a lie and will come back again!”

So I maintained a watch for him a third time. He did come to steal food (from the alms store) Abu Hurairah says: “I caught hold of him and said; I shall certainly take you to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and this is the last of the three times you promised that you will not come back, (but you have broken your promise and came back).”

He pleaded: “Please let me go and I will in return teach you some phrases which will bring benefit and mercy from Allah.” I asked him: “What are those?” He said: “When you go to bed (during night) recite the verse (Ayat-ul-Kursi, 2:255). (As a result of its blessings) Allah will appoint a guard to protect you, and Satan will not be able to come near to you till morning.”

So I allowed him to go. Next morning when I visited the Prophet (peace be upon him) he asked me: “What did you do with your prisoner last night?” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, he said that he would teach me some phrases through which I would receive benefit and mercy of Allah. On this I let him go.” He (peace be upon him) asked, “What are those phrases?” I said: “He told me, when you go to your bed for sleep, recite the verse ‘Ayat-ul-Kursi’ from beginning to end, and told me that Allah would post a guard on me and Satan would not be able to come near me till the morning.”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “This time he told you the truth although he is a liar. Abu Hurairah, do you know with whom you were speaking during these three nights?” I answered; “No.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “It was Satan (the devil).”

Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) also said that whoever recites Ayat-ul-Kursi after every Fardh (obligatory) Salah, nothing can keep him away from entering Paradise except death. (Al-Bukhari)

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Serving the interests of the community

Serving the interests of the community

Among all the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Umm Salamah was perhaps the one who was most sensitive to the interests of the community. She shared the hopes and the difficulties of her fellow Muslims at both the individual and the community levels. We saw how she expressed their feelings to the Prophet when the Muslims were told that they could not go into Makkah for their worship rituals and had to return home. Her advice to the Prophet on that day took away all the strain and ensured their compliance with his orders.

After the Tabuk expedition a few Muslims who did not join the Muslim army tied themselves up in the mosque, as a sign of repentance. They were untied when it was time for prayer, and then they tied themselves up again when the obligatory prayer had finished. They were uncertain what judgment was to be made in their cases. Their self-imposed restraint was a gesture of their repentance. One of them was Abu Lubabah.

As the Prophet was at Umm Salamah’s home one night, just before the dawn prayer, he received revelations that included the Verse that says: “There are others who have acknowledged their sins, after having mixed righteous deeds with evil ones. It may well be that God will accept their repentance. God is Much-Forgiving, Ever-Merciful.” (9: 102)

The Prophet smiled and Umm Salamah asked him why he smiled. He said: “God has accepted Abu Lubabah’s repentance.” She asked him: “May I be the one who gives him the good news?”

She opened her door and looked inside the mosque. She said: “Abu Lubabah! Rejoice, for God has accepted your repentance.” Some people rushed to release him, but he refused, saying that he would beg them not to do so, for he wanted the Prophet to release him. We see how she was so pleased for someone who was totally unrelated to her. She shared his joy at the happy news.

Many years later, when the Muslim community went through the very difficult days that saw the assassination of the third Caliph, Uthman, and a serious split in community, another wife of the Prophet, Ayesha, was about to leave Madinah, marching at the head of an army that sought to gather support for their stand.

Umm Salamah objected to this attitude. She went to Ayesha and counseled her against going. She said it was wrong for a widow of the Prophet to embark on such a course of action.

As for her own position in those days, she was totally supportive of Ali, the fourth Caliph. She went to him and said: “I would have joined your army, but I know that such an action would be in disobedience of God’s orders and I believe you would not accept it from me. However, this is my son, Omar. He is dearer to me than my own life. He will join you and will fight for your cause.”

Her position then was characteristic of her great insight that enabled her to gauge what best served the interests of the Muslim community.

Umm Salamah lived long after the Prophet. In fact, she was the last of the Prophet’s wives to die. Her death took place in year 61, and she was buried at Al-Baqee, the burial place of many of the Prophet’s companions in Madinah.

By: Adil Salahi

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